The announcement indicated that the ministry, in collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce, Monrovia City Corporation and the Tourism Exploration Committee, will be hosting a one-day committee meeting on Providence Island on February 20.
The meeting will discuss issues concerning the renovation as it relates to the looks of the island in 1822, said the announcement signed by the Assistant Minister for Tourism, Jacqueline M. Capehart and approved by Information Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe.
The Providence Island was originally called the Dozoa Island. From its original name, it was first renamed Perseverance Island to indicate that the settlers who came to Liberia had the determination to find a new home despite all the setbacks they had encountered at the Shebro Island, now in Sierra Leone.
The country's history will remain incomplete if the name of this island is not mentioned as the place where freed slaves from America first lived upon migration to what is today Liberia.
The ministry, along with its partners, is inviting Liberian historians to the February 20 meeting, said the announcement.
The Ministry’s announcement comes a day after an official of the International Trade Center (ITC) emphasized the need to further enhance and develop the tourism sector to lift Liberia as “a destination of great values.”
Mr. Rahul Bhatnagar, ITC Advisor on Export Strategy and Competitiveness, also believes that this will make Liberia known not only as a post-conflict nation or for the Ebola crisis, but also as a destination that possesses great tourism attraction.
Bhatnagar observed that Liberia’s tourism sector has been under-developed as a result of the prolonged period of civil conflict and as such the ITC seeks to assist the nation in developing its tourism sector so that the nation can benefit from its economic dividends.
He made the statement Monday in an interview with the Liberian media at a local hotel following a stakeholder consultative meeting on Liberia’s Tourism Trade Strategy.
The ITC is a subsidiary organization of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and provides trade-related technical assistance to developing nations.
The ITC mandate is purely narrow as it is primarily concerned with helping and developing transition economies to promote their exports.
Relative to Liberia’s export sector, Bhatnagar noted that the sector has a lot of potentials, and when developed properly it will lead to the overall prosperity of the Liberian economy.
He noted that the stakeholder consultation will help develop a good export strategy for the Liberian economy to attract more revenue as well as enhance the nation’s socio-economic growth.
According to him the meeting will help develop the capacities of various stakeholders, noting that “it is a very key methodology in improving and enhancing ideas as well as developing the export and tourism sectors of a nation.”